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POSTED: Friday, May 17, 2013, 10:28 AM

Student enrollment at the nation’s 105 historically black colleges and universities has become increasingly diverse, while the institutions continue to face challenges in graduation rates, fundraising and other areas, according to an inaugural report by a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

“In many places where these data show HBCUs lagging behind their national counterparts,” the report says, “the disconnect reflects less on the institutions themselves than on the tendency in the United States to invest in students who need the least help instead of those who need the most. What is striking is how successful HBCUs have been in educating traditionally underserved students despite the many obstacles these institutions face.”

The report includes well-known elite institutions such as Morehouse, Howard and Spellman and local universities, including Cheyney - part of the state’s system - and Lincoln, a state-related university. The report was prepared by higher education professor Marybeth Gasman, who specializes in the study of historically black universities, and her research team.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 4:01 PM
The team left to right - Coach G. Garrido, MD, C. Punjabi MD, J. Wykretowicz MD, P. Ramakrishnan and A. Perelas, MD.

Earlier this week, I wrote a story about the jeopardy competition for emergency medicine residents at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

It turns out, that’s not the only place where medical residents are testing their wits.

Medical residents at many hospitals around the region - there’s a championship match on Thursday at Lankenau Hospital - and the country participate in jeopardy-style matches.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 3:30 PM

Temple University will welcome its strongest freshman class in terms of academics in its history, with a 16-point jump in average SAT scores and a higher average class rank, President Neil Theobald will announce at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting.

University officials credit the improved class composite to the “Temple Made” branding campaign launched last August and an expanded scholarship program announced in fall 2012 that rewards students with strong academics and provides stipends for summer research, internships and study abroad. Students cited the Temple Made campaign in their applications and correspondence, the university said.

“We're optimistic we'll meet our aspirational goal of enrolling 4,300 freshman and 2,700 transfer students for fall 2013,” Karin Mormando, director of undergraduate admissions, said in a prepared statement.

POSTED: Friday, May 10, 2013, 12:01 PM

By Susan Snyder


Kutztown University may not be the only state system school to begin allowing guns to be carried in “open areas” on campus.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 2:11 PM
2011 file photo: West Chester University

Flush with graduates, West Chester University for the first time will split its commencement into two outdoor ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, officials announced this week.

Nearly 2,300 undergraduates are eligible to take part in commencement at Farrell Stadium on South Campus, the largest in the school's history, the university said.

The first ceremoney for graduates of the colleges of business and public affairs; education; and health sciences will  start at 10 a.m. The second for graduates of the colleges of Arts and Sciences; and visual and performing arts will begin at 3 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 11:58 AM

How does one exercise individuality on graduation day when awash in a sea of same-colored gowns?

Over the years, some students have decorated their caps. That makes for a nice aerial view.

But at Temple University, look down at the fancy footwear on display.

POSTED: Friday, May 3, 2013, 9:35 AM

Pennsylvania State University in the fall will administer a university-wide survey to students, faculty and staff on values and principles.

“We want to be open and receptive to ideas from the entire community rather than just push something from the top down,” said David Gray, senior vice president for finance and business.

Gray announced the survey at a Thursday afternoon meeting of the board of trustees’ committee on legal and compliance issues. The survey is another effort the university is making in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, now in prison. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh and his group recommended the university examine its “culture” in a blistering investigative report on the scandal and establish a set of Penn State values and principles.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 10:19 AM

Another highly contested race for three open alumni seats on Pennsylvania State University’s board of trustees will come to a close at the end of this week when trustees announce the results of the election.

Thirty-nine candidates - from military leaders to business professionals, retired alumni to recently graduated - are vying for three seats on the 32-member board, with 26,861 alumni casting votes as of April 24. Voting closes at 9 a.m. Thursday. A picture, biography and position statement for each candidate is posted on the board of trustees web site.

Like last year, many of the election platforms are based on the child sex abuse scandal involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, now in prison. Last year, several alumni candidates elected, including Anthony Lubrano, had been sharply critical of the board of trustees for its handling of matters in the wake of the scandal.

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Susan Snyder has covered education for The Philadelphia Inquirer since she joined the paper in 1998. She reported on the Philadelphia School District for nearly a decade before becoming the Inquirer's higher education reporter. She was co-lead reporter of the Inquirer team that produced the Pulitzer-prize winning "Assault on Learning" series, detailing widespread violence in Philadelphia’s public schools. Snyder previously won regional, state and national reporting awards, including a first place National Headliner award in education writing. She has covered education for almost her entire reporting career. She is a 1985 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Reach Susan at

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